Protocol 1.1: Compose the analysis team with relevant sectors and organizations

The IPC analysis team should include representatives from different institutions/organizations and sectors so as to create the inclusive environment needed for unbiased consensus-building analysis (Box 6).

The composition of the IPC analysis team may vary from one analysis event to the next, since different expertise may be needed for specific analyses. When planning the analysis and forming the analysis team, the following should be considered: 

  • There is need to raise awareness on and interest in IPC Acute Food Insecurity classification among country-level stakeholders prior to the actual analysis.
  • There is need to inform partners at the country level in advance of forthcoming analysis activities.
  • The analysis team should include members of the national IPC Technical Working Group, which has the overall task of coordinating and implementing the IPC in-country, and other experts whose knowledge or skills are relevant for the specific IPC analysis, including knowledge of local conditions and context.
  • The Technical Working Group should ensure that most analysis team members have adequate IPC Acute Food Insecurity training and have passed the IPC test prior to the analysis.

An Analysis Team Composition Matrix needs to be completed for each analysis. If correctly used, it allows clear visualization of diversity achieved. The Matrix should identify:

  • the Technical Working Group chairperson and hosting organization;
  • analysis facilitator(s);
  • all analysis participants, including their name, title, organization, area(s) of expertise and IPC training/certification status. Analysts can have advanced knowledge of different sectors, and thus the same person may appear more than once in the Matrix. 

When Acute Food Insecurity and Acute Malnutrition classifications are performed simultaneously, either one common or two individual matrixes can be completed, depending on the approach used during the analysis (Table 6).